Friday, January 18, 2013

Mali: MISMA debuted its operations on Friday in Mali

The actual start of the operation of the MISMA (International Mission Support Mali) is set at Friday, January 18 and will end on 28 November 2013, announced Thursday the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ECOWAS, General Soumaila Bakayoko, Chief of General Staff of the Defence Forces of Côte d'Ivoire.

Following the work of the special meeting held in Bamako from 15 to 16 January, four countries Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Togo déployeront between Thursday and Tuesday their ground troops to Mali.

Nigerian Battalion is ready on the line border with Mali to engage operations. Nigeria is expected this afternoon at the airport in Bamako Senou, the Togolese battalion arrives this Saturday and that will Burkina Mali on January 22. Each of these four countries will deploy 500 troops on the ground. The Togo will have an additional staff of 56 members of the medical profession for the establishment of a military field hospital level 2 in favor of MISMA, as indeed the Ghana must provide a company of Military Engineering and Sierra Leone will send a maintenance company.

The Nigerian troops will be deployed around Banamba nearly 200 km from Bamako in the region of Koulikoro, the Togo's will and that of San Burkina Faso will be based in Markala.

However, this is not for lack of desire that other countries will not alongside their brothers in Mali. Senegal, for example 406 available men ready for operation as the Republic of Guinea, the Gambia, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau same. Three countries will be the theater between today and next Tuesday to support the Mali and its French partner, Nigerians n 'expect that the order of commitment to start the operation from their boundary line.

To the Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Cheaka Aboudou Touré, Chief Misma, the question of mandate to support Mali is not the goal, whatever the options of operation it s' is releasing the hands Mali jihadist groups. The President of the Republic of Mali sent a letter to his counterpart Chad, through the African Union, last Tuesday. Chad is now ready to come with a workforce of 1000 to 1500 men, but n 'not evolve under the command of Misma. Chadian soldiers fight with the strength of the Mali and France, informed the Ambassador Touré. Chadian troops arrive in Mali by the end of next week.

As the Malian Army would not be under the command of the Force Misma a coordination center operations was created for this purpose and which will bring together all the planning officers in troop contributing countries.

"France has no vocation to act alone for long, but we will remain contrary to what people think. A team of French planners will happen this weekend in reinforcing coordination cell," said the General De Saint Quentin, Head of the French force in Mali.

Ultimately, we note that the cost of the budget for the year is estimated at Misma more than 240 million. And foreign troops will take over 90 days and will be reimbursed later.

Maj. Gen. Umar Abdul Sehy Kadry Nigeria is the Force Commander of the Misma and his deputy is Brigadier Yaya Garba from Niger. The Chief of Staff of the Misma is Colonel Jean Paul Ntab Senegal. The Committee of the Chiefs of Staff also conducted the designation of officers who will work within the General Staff of the Misma.

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